Leaving their Mark on SJCA’s Tennis History
The SJCA Lady Lancer Tennis Team’s Remarkable Season Comes to a Close
By Kara Horton
The Lady Lancer tennis team left their mark on SJCA history with their many achievements in 2015. As the season came to a close, the girls were already looking forward to the next one with a desire to keep the streak alive.
In their advances through conference play, sub-sectionals, sectionals, and state, every player provided support and was positive out on the court. As for the seniors, they hope to see their fellow teammates maintain the sound reputation and high level of intensity long evident in the SJCA tennis program!
Four Lady Lancers battled it out for the state title in Madison, Wis. Claire Czerwonka, a junior, advanced to state in the #1 singles spot and took the state title for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, freshman Olivia Czerwonka, the #2 singles player, was a special qualifier and took sixth place. Another special qualifier was the one doubles. Emily Bauerschmidt and Lindsey Thomas, the #1 doubles team, also took sixth place as special qualifiers.
Bauerschmidt said taking sixth place at state was “a great way to end my senior year and to achieve my goal of high school tennis.” Her doubles partner, Thomas, added, “It felt pretty awesome to make it on the podium with Emily. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.”
Claire Czerwonka, on the other hand, has a goal in mind for next season. “My goal would be to make it a 3-peat! A 3-peat has not been achieved since 2007-2009 and that would be pretty cool if I could accomplish that!” she said.
Six of seven spots advance: At sub-sectionals, six out of the seven spots on the varsity team advanced on to sectionals. In sectional play at Whitewater, the entire team was defeated by Madison Edgewood, all except Claire Czerwonka.
“This season was a huge success for all of the players on the team. Every player showed improvements from the beginning of the season to the end,” said Head Coach Todd Groblewski.
For the past two years, the Lady Lancers have been ranked number three in Division 2 and the past three years have taken first at the Metro-Classic Conference meet. Taking first at conference this season really pushed the girls as they moved on to sub-sectionals and sectionals. “Winning Conference three years in a row is super cool and I am glad to have been apart of it!” said Kennedy Borchardt, a senior.
The overall outcome of the season was very rewarding to the players. Groblewski couldn’t agree more: “The most rewarding part of the season is that our tennis team is like a big family. Everyone respects and cares for another and they truly enjoy playing highly competitive tennis. This was evident when we took the conference tournament win, then moved on to take second place at sectionals (for the second year in a row) and ultimately sent three teams to state. I am very proud to coach this Lancer team!”
Berzin hired to play drums for the Bucks
By Alexandra Chiasson
The accomplishments of St. Joseph Catholic Academy students during school events like games, competitions, music awards, make the pages of the local newspaper. But have you ever wondered what kind of accomplishments students make outside St. Joe’s walls?
High school senior Alex Berzin has a passion for drumming, his musical talents showcased during band/choir concerts here at St. Joe’s. Recently, this passion earned him a job in Milwaukee with the city’s professional basketball team. Berzin endured tough competition to win the gig and was courtside at the team’s home opener.
“Last week the Milwaukee Bucks held auditions for their drumline. When I went there we were all given a number, my number was 114. Some of us were put on drums, while others would wait in the stands of the Bradley Center. We started playing an exercise called eights, it is just eight basic strokes per hand; we played that for about 30 minutes. Then they would switch people out by number and we started getting into more in-depth exercises. I play tenors, which are the six drums that you carry.
“The music one of the staff wrote for us was really hard, but as I started to be fluent at this they kept me up there. When people were being switched out they kept me up there, which gave me a lot of confidence. I already knew some of the people there, but the teachers and some of the players have a big name in marching percussion in Wisconsin, so when I talked to some of these people that increased my confidence a little, too. That night I found out I made it, and now I'm getting paid to play drums!” said Berzin.
Berzin is now playing weekly for the Milwaukee Bucks in their drumline and his talents are shining through to large audiences!
Along with this great accomplishment, Alex was asked to write music for Orawa Oregon High School Percussion. Here is the Mp3 of his piece; https://drive.google.com
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This is just one example of a student achieving greatness in the working world. Alex has done the school proud with all that he has done with his talents. Keep up the fantastic work, Alex!
Elf Jr. features large cast, lots of laughs
By Su Gyeong Oh
Audiences have three chances to catch the Christmas production of Elf Jr., now in production at St. Joseph Catholic Academy with performances scheduled for Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Upper Campus Arneson Auditorium.
Approximately 40 cast members and 25 crew members from grades 6-12 are participating in the show. Rehearsals started in mid-October and continue for seven weeks, four days per week.
The plot of Elf Jr. matches very closely to the plot of the movie Elf which was released in 2003. It is basically about the elf Buddy who was accidently taken to the North Pole as a baby when he snuck into Santa’s toy bag at the orphanage. Raised into adulthood by Santa and his elves, Buddy eventually finds out that he is actually a human and travels to New York City in full elf costume in search of his real father. Despite his denials, Walter Hobbs must accept that he is Buddy’s father when a DNA test confirms it. Walter, his wife Emily, and their son Michael, attempt to create a relationship with the child-like Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.
Director Nikki Pratt, said the show is “a unique experience because it is built around the idea of a community outreach.”
“On Sunday, December 6 after the public performances are through, the less privileged members of our community are invited to come and see our show free of charge. They get to sit on Santa’s lap, receive a Christmas gift which for many is the only gift they will receive this holiday. Then, they are able to watch the musical and interact with the cast members following the performance. It is a very eye-opening experience for both the cast members and the attendees.”
Students participating as the cast and the crew put in countless hours and supreme effort in creating a great show. Moreover, because Nikki knows how hard these students work, she really hopes to have a full house at each performance. “It is promised to be entertaining for all ages with catchy music and dancing, and really seeing Buddy the elf come to life on the SJCA stage. Mark your calendars, get your tickets, and spread the word! You will not want to miss this great musical experience!”
Halloween movie shown in courtyard
By Jacob Young
In an effort to raise money for their mission trip to Nicaragua, a group of seniors held a fundraiser movie night. The theme of the movie night was HALLOWEEN!!! The movie they chose was Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas which they showed in the school courtyard. The movie began at 7 p.m. on October 16 and was projected on the wall of the courtyard.
The movie night enjoyed a respectable turnout of middle schoolers and seniors. The seniors also made food and drinks available for purchase. Concessions available included hot dogs, popcorn, cake pops, soda and candy bags. “I think that they had a good variety of concessions,” noted Edward Ramirez.
Despite not being tried before, the movie started on time without any problems or delays. The seniors projected the movie on big sheets of white paper that they had taped to the wall of the courtyard. Everyone made sure to get comfortable in their chairs and wrap up in their blankets. Following a series of advertisements, the movie began.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is a timeless classic about Jack Skellington and the creepy citizens of Halloween Town. Jack is the pumpkin king who is tired of the same thing every year. So when he finds the door to Christmas Town he decides to take over for Christmas, which doesn’t go exactly as he planned. Now Jack must set things right and save Christmas.
Even though there weren’t as many customers as the seniors had hoped, they still considered this night a success. “I think that this movie night was a success and went well,” said Joseph Hansknecht. The seniors managed to make some money from ticket sales and from a nice assortment of concessions.
Randazzo plays 15 different instruments
by Martha Lange
The beginning of a new school year brings new faces: students, teachers, and faculty.
How many people try to get to know a new student, or a new teacher? Who knows, maybe nobody, maybe everybody. Maybe we only try to get to know those in our classes.
One new teacher at SJCA is Alex Randazzo. He is a recent graduate from Wisconsin Lutheran College, where he studied music education. Before attending Wisconsin Lutheran, he went to Lawrence University, where he studied saxophone performance. While in college, he went on a choir tour to England, Wales, and Ireland. He founded a barbershop quartet and started up a male a cappella group in Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Randazzo became a music teacher because of the joy he gets out of music and working with kids and teens. He was interested in teaching and music, and when he discovered he could do both he was ecstatic. As an afterthought he added, “You guys are awesome.” When asked what the best thing about teaching is, he replied, “Learning and getting to know the students.” And the worst: “The early mornings,” he replied with a smile.
Randazzo has played the saxophone since he was in fifth grade. Now he can play about 15 instruments. Despite his instrumental library, the saxophone remains his favorite. One instrument he does not play and would like to is the Mandolin. When asked which he prefers, singing or playing an instrument, he replied with a laugh, “I plead the fifth.” His favorite genre is Jazz, and his favorite band is All Sons and Daughters.
When asked if he was only looking to teach at a Catholic school, he pointed to divine inspiration. “No, it kind of just happened that way… God clearly wanted me here.”
Well, Mr. Randazzo, SJCA is happy to have you as its music teacher. A word from all the students on SJCA yearbook staff: Welcome!
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Frozen sparks passion
Message regarding sisterly bond inspiring
by Lucy Hartnell
It is true that the famous Walt Disney has influenced a lot of people’s lives through his exceptional movies. However, Disney is not without controversy and most feedback covers a wide range of both positive and negative comments. One recent movie that exemplifies this is Frozen, which was released in 2013.
I am very passionate about this movie because I can personally relate to the characters, their experiences, and the overall theme. All of the symbolism throughout the movie is extremely interesting to me as well. Like many other people, Frozen has changed my life in a positive way, helping me to face my fears and to be proud of who I am.
Frozen has greatly affected my life in so many ways! When I first heard about this movie, I was a little skeptical at first, but who would’ve thought that it would become such a huge part of my life?!
I first watched Frozen at the movies with my neighbor who is a few years younger than me, and growing up, she has always been like a little sister. I remember having tears in my eyes during the scene where Anna’s act of true love saved her sister, Elsa, from being killed. It struck me so much the first time that after the movie ended, I had this desire to make sure my neighbor was always okay as the day progressed.
I loved the movie so much that I begged my parents to let me watch it a second time at the theater on my own, and I did. I specifically remember the enjoyment of hearing people’s reactions of Hans revealing his true self the second time, because I knew what was coming. After that, I truly started to realize how special this movie was to me personally.
One reason why I love Frozen is that the characters are relatable. For me, I can relate to both Anna and Elsa in different ways, which is why I can never choose between them! Their experiences, emotions, desires, and goals are similar to mine. Elsa helps me to let the bad things go, and Anna keeps me positive that everything will be alright as long as I always believe in myself.
Their sisterly bond will always have a special place in my heart, because I don’t have a sister, and now I really wish I had a real one! And even though Kristoff and Anna become close at the end of the movie, one of the main themes in this movie is “Sisters before misters.”
In most notable stories, the prince saves the princess by either saving her, or giving her a kiss of true love. In Frozen, we see that Anna performs the sacrificial act of true love to save her sister, simply because she still loves her even after all those years of loneliness. And this theme has definitely affected many sisters around the world.
Just me and my little blog here at the bottom
by Alex Munoz
Currently sitting on my couch watching Empire and starting this blog... perfect juxtaposition for a 17, almost 18-year-old girl in high school... What else to do with my time? Everything else that isn’t currently receiving my attention.
Well, first things first, my name is Alexandria Munoz, most Hispanic name ever, and I live in Wisconsin. I know what you're thinking... Wisconsin? The place with all the cows and cheese? Yes, that Wisconsin.
In all my years of living, I have aspired to be part of the social media world in a meaningful and consistent manner. From watching Will Ferrell on SNL to watching Pewdiepie and Shane Dawson on YouTube. I have basically spent my life online; I am the digital native they talk about. Now that I’m finishing my last year of high school, I decided it’s time to shine! I might not be the greatest writer nor the funniest, but why not have some fun before plunging into “adulthood”?
From eating my own twin (more about the surgery that cost me much of my second semester during my junior year), my father once being an illegal immigrant, and being a non-Catholic minority (who looks white) going to a Catholic school... my life certainly isn’t boring.
That's my life...for now...more next time!
A Happy Halloween wish from manga artist Jeremy Jin, SJCA Class of 2019.
Lancer runners repeat
as conference champs
Boys win 6th conference title in row, girls 4th title
To the spectators 40 degree temperatures may feel cold, but on the cross country course it means fast times.
Such was the case for the SJCA boys and girls cross country teams at the conference meet held at UW-Parkside on Saturday, Oct. 18. The ideal course conditions, long weeks of speed work and endurance runs, and Coach Jon Furreness’ dedication to the team produced the girls’ 4th and boys’ 6th consecutive conference championship titles.
The boys team won the 8 team meet with an overall score of 46 points. Sophomore Cameron Mills led the boys with a sixth place finish and a 17:40 personal best. Jacob Cairo followed in seventh place with a time of 17:46. Ben Scopp finished ninth with a 17:59 personal best. Scott Grymkoski, John Hodge, and Jack Bolog finished 11th, 13th, and 14th, earning titles of honorable mention. Sophomore Jack Grosz was the jv champ for the second year in a row.
The girls won with a score of 20. Mady Scopp won her third individual conference championship title with a time of 19:45. Ariana Hernandez finished second with a new personal record of 20:16. Nathalie Cairo made a fourth place showing and set a new personal record of 20:54. Maggie McGuire finished sixth with a 21:29 personal best while Malynn Tarczewski finished seventh in 21:51. Lili Jaraczewski and Meg Marciniak finished 11th and 16th, earning them the titles of honorable mention, respectively. The jv girls were also champions with a perfect score.
“Captains Mady Scopp and Megan Marciniak have been phenomenal leaders for us this season and again today they had everyone prepared to face all challenges. The girls eagerly await a showdown with defending Sectional Champion Brookfield Academy next Saturday at Lake Country Lutheran,” said Coach Jon Furreness.
Regarding the boys race, Furreness added, “this week at practice we challenged our youthful boys team to bring a heightened intensity to their races, and they delivered their finest performance of the season so far. Both myself and Coach Lance Gordon were very proud of the effort our team brought today."
Soccer closes out season with loss to local rival
By Eric Sipiora
With practice becoming colder and windier, one could tell the St. Joseph boy’s soccer season was coming to close. And that meant it was time for the playoffs.
Leading into the playoffs, however, was one final regular season game against Faith Christian of Lake Geneva. The boys knew that winning this game meant a sixth seed or a last seed so it was important to get a win. Gavin Rose and Evan Bauerschmidt scored goals in the first half for St. Joe’s
Coach Alia stressed one thing at halftime. “Keep the pressure up and on their side,” he said.
So they were able to do just that and come out of the game with a two nil win. Winning this game meant a sixth seed in the playoffs and a matchup against Shoreland Lutheran School, the cross-town rivals. In the preparation prior to the game, it was evident that all the players knew it was going to be a big game. With the school community behind them, they trained all week.
During their week of training, the boys worked on holding possession and keeping the speed of play up. The more they could wear the other team down the better. As Nico Bilotti put it, “Fast feet.” Then came game day and the team knew what they had to do.
The team warmed up knowing they had to play hard and fast. Once the game started, St. Joe’s controlled the play, keeping Shoreland on their toes though Shoreland won a corner kick. And then its 1 nil to Shoreland. St Joe’s kept up the pressure but then right after halftime..Bam… its 2 nil Shoreland. St. Joe’s would eventually succumb, 3-0.
St. Joe’s played their heart out but couldn’t get the win. They were in good spirits though because they knew they played a great game.
Harrington advances to California pageant competition
by McKenna Johnson
We all hear about Miss America or Miss Wisconsin and maybe even Miss Kenosha. We want to know everything about them, what they do, what motivates them, and how long have they been doing it. St. Joseph Catholic Academy can proudly say it has its very own “Miss Kenosha” in Nicole Harrington.
Harrington has competed in 18 different pageants, winning 17 different titles. Most recently, Harrington won a regional competition in the National American Miss Wisconsin Jr. Teen 2015 pageant, where she competed against 75 other girls. In November, Harrington will compete in Anaheim, Calif. for the title of National American Miss Jr. Teen 2016. Throughout Harrington’s pageant years, she has traveled to 13 states, competing in 12 state pageants, five national pageants, and an international pageant.
Competing in pageants tends to begin at an early age, and Harrington is no exception. She developed a love for the performing arts once she had found out about pageants being an outlet for her to be on stage and to show who she was as a person. She also found that doing interviews for these pageants helped her when being interviewed for a job!
The pageants in which Harrington participates are based on confidence, poise, and personality. In most of the pageants there is an interview portion. This is where judges are able to see her communication skills and learn more about her. Then the pageant moves onto the talent portion, and this is where she showcases vocal broadway performances to large audiences. After the talent portion, the pageant moves on to the evening gown. This is where she then demonstrates poise and confidence while answering questions about politically-based views and world events.
Harrington has a love for the pageantry and the competition. The National American Miss Program is an organization that looks for today’s girl to help make a change. This is exactly what Harrington wants to do-make a change. She would love to make that change with her anti-bullying STAR program which stands for Stop, Think, and React. It is a three-step system to help kids know what to do when they are caught in bullying situations. “If I can change one person’s perspective on what bullying does to someone, I’m making a difference and I can’t thank my pageantry experience enough for allowing me to share my program,” she said.
The National American Miss is an elite organization that goes from a local level, to a state level, then to a national level. Over 1600 girls in Wisconsin participated in different local competitions to try and receive a state finalist spot. Out of the 400 girls that interviewed for the Jr. Teen division from Wisconsin only 75 were welcomed to compete at the state competition. Harrington was the only one to emerge with the title. “I couldn’t believe it. I stood onstage just thinking about what I would do better next year and I didn’t even hear them call my name. Now that I look back on it, I can’t even remember the feeling. It’s all a blur,” said Harrington.
At state, Harrington competed in interview, introduction, and evening gown. However, the contestants were also able to compete in optionalss well. These competitions weren’t weighed for the coveted title but it was optional to compete in them for other cash awards and prizes. These consisted of actress, casual wear, spokesmodel, and talent. Harrington competed in actress, casual, and spokesmodel. As actress she performed a commercial on the Band-Aid brand. Casual wear consisted of a modeling competition of a casual outfit. Spokesmodel saw contestants take to the podium and share about something special to them. Harrington walked away with Casual Wear 1st Runner Up, Spokesmodel 1st Runner Up, and Actress Winner. Harrington plans on competing in the Actress and Spokesmodel competition at the national level.
From having a Miss America 2012 to, hopefully, having a National American Miss Junior Teen 2016, the Saint Joseph Catholic Academy atmosphere has yielded excellence. Harrington is no exception. From competing against 75 other contestants and coming out on top to doing 350 hours of community service in one year, Harrington is a great representation of what the SJCA system believes in
Caffeinated students, teachers at SJCA
by Martha Lange and Brianna Patterson
Morning routines are difficult habits to break. The unbreakable bond between someone's morning ritual is understandable, especially if it includes drinking a cup or two of coffee before running out the door to beat the morning bell.
Many high school and college students are dependent on their early morning coffee fix to get them through those first couple classes. Then at night, students once again call upon coffee to help them cram for that final they forgot they had. What can anyone say about it? It’s the life of a student in the 21st century.
An immeasurable number of teachers resign their coffee contract with a smudged coffee ring on their desk. But this too is understandable, for teachers need the strength coffee gives them to deal with over-caffeinated students. Again, what can anyone do about this caffeinated world?
Mr. Weber is St. Joe’s prized coffee drinker, so naturally he was included in the survey. He was delighted to be part of it and responded with vigor. Weber loves coffee. He lives off it. He “showers in coffee and his shampoo is coffee." He even went so far as to say, “A moment without coffee would be like a dolphin with his blow-hole plugged up. I wouldn't just die but I would drown and sink and rot on the murky ocean floor.” That’s deep. In fact, as he answered these questions, he was enjoying a cup of coffee. Weber would choose coffee over everything. He even admitted that “coffee is always the most important."
Weber tells a tale of one of his coffee experiences. He was in need of some coffee. He walked over to his carafe and started to pour the contents into his mug. What he saw were a couple drops of coffee at the bottom of his mug. Then tragedy struck. The carafe was empty! This could be equivalent to not getting candy on Halloween, or worse. He told us that “a part of him died watching the two little drips fall into the mug."
According to a study done in 2009, the best time to drink coffee is during 10 a.m and noon, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Drinking coffee earlier or later was stated to be harmful to oneself. Weber’s response to this study: “I don't live by your trivial rules. The clock isn't my warden. I'll drink coffee any hour I please...and I please to drink it all day. There isn't a moment in my day that isn't coffee related. How dare you even suggest that I might have to put my mug down even for a minute. How. Dare. You.” No words before or since hold such respect for coffee.
Many others from SJCA were sent the same survey. Alex Munoz, a senior, responds with her vote pro-coffee. She admitted that without coffee she “feels like a depressed panda." Then she later stated (as copied from original response), “I usually drink morning in the coffee." This only goes to show how dependent she is on coffee. People have different views on whether or not coffee is a positive or negative thing. But coffee hasn’t taken as much storm as one would think because milk is the number one drink in America.
On the other side of the spectrum, there are those who dislike or don’t drink coffee. One of such person from this category is Mrs. Brown. She goes on to say why she never found an interest in drinking coffee, “I was warned as a child that coffee stunts your growth. This is why I am so tall and my mother and sister are really short.” Mrs. Brown feels that there are too many coffee drinkers in our nation and many should probably take into consideration how much caffeine is being consumed on a daily basis. Mrs Brown gives her opinion when the fact of Seattle being the most caffeinated state was presented, “I believe that as a whole, our nation is over caffeinated.”
Opinion Reviews, Editorials, Misc.
Manga artist Jeremy Jin's take on students trapped in their cell phone use.
Cell phone addiction debated
By Sungjoo Lee and Kevin Rafferty
Today, in the 21sth century, just about everyone carries a cell phone in their pocket. According to a recent TIME magazine article, 84 percent of people can’t go a single day without reaching for it. More than a quarter of the people in the world are smartphone users, in part, because cell phones have so many wonderful uses—taking pictures, playing games, talking to people, and taking part in the various social media platforms. To what effect, good and bad, have cell phones had on school culture?
When it comes to cell phones and possible addiction, the first step towards making a change comes with recognition that there is a problem. Many students are in denial but some acknowledge that they tend to abuse technology at school. Students throughout SJCA are much like students elsewhere when it comes to their cell phone use and abuse. Some can’t seem to put it down. If not for the constant haranguing by teachers, many students might never look up long enough to determine if the sun is still shining!
“Yes, I think I’m addicted to it because I always find myself messing around on it during class and I love to talk to people,” said McKenna Johnson, a junior who has a serious case of cell phone attachment disorder. But on the other hand, David Steinmetz said, “No, I’m not addicted to the phone. I’m addicted to what’s on the phone (games, snapchat, Facebook, Instagram).”
Some of the students who were asked about cell phone use denied being addicted for various reasons and also saw many positive reasons for carrying a phone. “I can’t be addicted to my cell phone because my parents take my phone away every night if my grades are bad,” said Fred Steinmetz, who added, “it’s gotten me out of some situations that I didn't want to be in.”
These days teenagers are having serious problems with cell phone dependency during the later hours of the day, and especially when trying to fall asleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal amount of sleep for teenagers to receive each night is 8-10 hours, though this is become harder and harder to attain due to the technological distractions today's teens hold in their hands.
“Sometimes I stay up till 12 or 1 a.m. because of my phone, even though I finished all my homework,” said Rafael Uribe.
There are groups of cell phone abusers and non-abusers at school today but it’s hard to imagine it coming to an end any time soon considering the lightning-like speed at which technology continues to advance.
Cyberbullying like a virus that can be cured
By Callie Aceto
Cyberbullying is like a virus. It can start off as a small bug but quickly grow into a pestilence threatening to destroy those affected. Cyberbullying is a type of bullying mostly involving the use of social media. Just like bullying with words, bullying with technology has many devastating effects.
There can be many dangerous effects on the victims of cyberbullying. One of those effects is anti-social behavior. When people are cyberbullied, they feel like they have nobody to talk to and they become anti-social. This can lead to another dangerous effect of becoming depressed. Depression is a serious illness. Depression can be treated. But, if cyberbullying victims become antisocial and get depressed because they don’t get the help they need, it can lead to the most dangerous effect of all—suicide. Fortunately, if these signs are caught early enough, the victims can get help before it's too late.
Unfortunately, we hear a lot of cases about cyberbullying in the news today. Consider the case of Tyler Clementi. Tyler was a new freshmen at college. His roommates invaded his privacy by posting a video of him on social media. He was so upset he jumped off of the George Washington Bridge and killed himself. Another case is the Amanda Todd case. Amanda was bullied into doing things she wasn’t comfortable doing. And what she did followed her for a long time, and she was never able to deal with the situation. Amanda also took her own life. This last example is about the bully, Perez Hilton, and his gossip website. At one time, his gossip website’s only purpose was to make fun of people. That website was very popular over the years. After realizing he was the bully, he changed his website. He learned his lesson with hopes others will too.
The one question people are asking today: “How can the community come together to stop cyberbullying?” One example of a way people can stop cyberbullying is campaigning against it. Another example is to not let yourself feed into it, which means if it happens, step away, block, or unfriend. Lastly, monitor and be careful of social media use. By working together, people in their communities can put an end to cyberbullying.
In conclusion, there are people out there being cyberbullied, and there needs to be an end to it soon. Everybody’s lives are important. Technology was not made to hurt people. It was made to help make the world a better place. If people can control the mean things they do on social media, cyberbullying can easily be ended.
Consider those who live with Dyslexia
by Emaleigh Bradley
When working to be understood, it’s always a good idea to keep others in mind. Dyslexia is a condition that makes it harder for those afflicted to read, write and/or speak. When writing, couldn’t people help others by simply changing the font and font size? Take this article, for instance: by simply changing the font and font size it becomes more readable. Not everyone needs to know that an individual is dyslexic and a lot of times it is because they do not want people to know. It’s like helping a friend keep a secret.
Dyslexia is not a common condition, but according to http://www.dyslexia-add.org about ten to fifteen percent of people here in the United States suffer its effects. There is no way to know the exact number of people with dyslexia. Experts say, however, that it is more common than we know. Wouldn’t it be considerate to keep struggling readers in mind by making these simple changes?
Some people are embarrassed of their condition and fear being coined as “lazy” or “stupid.” They are afraid to tell people because they don’t want to be seen as an unequal. I asked an anonymous source struggling with dyslexia how she overcame difficulties when speaking and writing. She replied, “In speaking, I would say that I speak in a lower tone so that if I do happen to mess up it would be less likely to hear. With writing, spellcheck is your bestfriend.” The implication is that she is scared to mess up and be judged for it.
Dyslexia is a common condition. Simply taking these people into consideration can make their lives better. The anonymous student told me that “larger fonts with rounder type lettering is somewhat easier to read.” From now on, if possible, try to use a slightly larger font size with rounder letters. It’s a small concession that helps more than you realize.
Be a 'STAR' by defeating cyberbullying
by Nicole Harrington
The term “cyber bullying” gets tossed around quite a bit now a days. People think of it as a negative term, something that never happens to anyone, or something they think only happens in small towns where people don't have anything to do with their lives.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Cyber bullying can happen to anyone at any time. Studies from dosomething.org say that 43% of kids and teens are bullied online and 1 in 4 of those say it happened more than once. These are tragic numbers and hopefully it is the start of the downfall of cyber bullying.
Why is cyberbullying so prevalent? What makes people think that they can say mean things to people while hiding behind an anonymous user name and a screen? This anonymity makes it easy to do the wrong thing: 81% of young people say that they think it's easier to bully someone online than to bully someone in person. Neither of these should be happening! What happened to the Golden Rule and "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all?” Simple human courtesy seems to have disappeared.
What can we do to stop cyber bullying? I have a very simple three step program to end cyber bulling. I call it STAR which stands for Stop, Think and React. First you need to stop. This is your goal to stop the bullying situation. Then you need to think and ask yourself questions to make sure it really is bullying. Finally react, report it or stand up to the victim. Cyber bullying is a big problem in our society today but if we STAR we can make a difference.
It’s the start of the greatest soccer league in the whole wide world: The Barclays Premier League
by Raul Chavez-Gutierrez
The Barclays Premier League. The football (soccer) league of England. Equivalent in stature to our National Football League, it is considered by many to be the most competitive soccer league in the world. With the league now underway, it’s a great time to recap last year’s results along with the results thus far. Who are the favorites to win the title this year?
Last year’s title was won by the London-based club Chelsea F.C. Manchester City finished second and Arsenal third, followed by Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Liverpool to round out the top six. The champions were the best for the entire campaign and never looked troubled but things have changed going into this season.
Following the Summer Transfer Window (a period during which player sales and purchases occur), some teams have failed to gel together while some have started strong. Chelsea acquired some interesting players. They brought in goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, defenders Papy Djilobodji, Michael Hector, and Baba Rahman. For midfielders they stuck with what they had, and for forwards they made a sensational signing in F.C Barcelona winger Pedro, along with the acquisition of A.S Monaco Forward Radamel Falcao on a 1-year loan deal. In total they spent 51.4 million pounds on new players. Expensive in both pounds and dollars!
It hasn’t paid off, however. They’ve only secured a single win in their opening five games of football. Currently in 17th place out of 20 teams, if they keep this up their team will be relegated to a second division league in England. Basically it’s a step down from the Premier League.
In general the play of the the top six from last year has been shocking. Only half of the top six are in the top six currently. Manchester City is currently sitting in first place winning all five games and amassing 15 points in total. Arsenal (third last year) is currently in fourth place with 10 points, having started poorly and struggling to score goals. Manchester United (fourth) is in third with 10 points, but with a better goal difference than Arsenal. Tottenham Hotspur (fifth) is currently 12th after their charismatic breakout star Harry Kane struggled to regain his form from last year. Liverpool (sixth) is currently 10th with similar issues.
So time for the predictions. Manchester City will continue to do well, and win the title, but I expect Manchester United and Arsenal to be in contention. Soccer gurus Eric Sipiora and Sam Nelson differ in their predictions. Eric says “My favorite team is tottenham and i think that in the league, they can do great. They have a young squad that plays very well together. As long as everyone can stay healthy we have a good chance at a title run.”, and Sam says “Manchester United will win the premier league this year because Chelsea are failing horribly and both Arsenal and Manchester City, the only two other team really in the race, will both choke down the stretch”. All in all this will be an ambitious season full of great matches and hopefully memorable goals.